Learning choreography for the Guildling youth theater summer musical revue “Born in a Trunk” are Dearborn residents Scout Greimel (left), 13, Maddie Kaplan, 14, Grace Doverspike, 12, Heather Slanec, 13, and Adriana Viscomi, 10, as they learn “The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The revue runs July 19 to 21 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library while the Players Guild of Dearborn theater undergoes renovations.
By SUE SUCHYTA
“Born in a Trunk,” a lively choreographed revue of Broadway show tunes, highlights the talents of the Guildlings — the youth theater arm of the Players Guild of Dearborn — at 7:30 p.m. July 19 to 21, with a 2 p.m. July 20 matinee in the Henry Ford Centennial Library auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.
The Players Guild switched venues for the Guildlings this summer while its theater undergoes renovation.
To purchase the $5, general admission seating, see a cast member, or call 313-561-TKTS for tickets to be left at will-call. Payment for tickets must be in cash or by check. Orders will not be processed through the Guild website, and no credit card orders cannot be taken for this show.
Director Valerie Haas said the premise for the show begins simply as children explore the trunks in their grandmother’s attic, and discover keepsakes from her life as a grande dame of the theater.
As the children unearth props and costumes, a history of modern music theater magically begins to unfold on stage.
Haas said the show includes about 20 songs, including medleys from “Oklahoma!” and “Oliver!,” and “Do-Re-Mi” from “The Sound of Music,” “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hard Knock Life” from “Annie,” “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Popular” from “Wicked” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray.”
The Guild thought about foregoing the annual youth theater production this summer because of building renovations, but the board realized that many local youth look forward to being in the annual summer production, and the show serves as a valuable fundraiser as well as an avenue of community outreach.
“We are creating a generation of theater goers, theater patrons, theater practitioners and lovers of the art of theater,” Haas said. “Giving kids the chance to see how theater can be done in a variety of ways, at different venues, is important. There is more of ‘the show must go on’ attitude this summer.”
She also appreciates that the cast children and their parents are being patient about the multiple rehearsal sites, and about the fact that most of the roles are ensemble based without dialogue.
Musical director for “Born in a Trunk” is Julie Malloy, with Greg Phillip Viscomi, Tim Carney and Jeff Bartos producing the show. Suzy Greimel is choreographer, with assistance from Lexie Kaplan and Katie Suchyta.
Cast members include Dearborn residents AnnaLyssia Abela, 11; Lauren Bergeron, 8; Nathaniel Booth, 17; Molly Boudreau, 11; Ella Champoux, 9; Gavin Deckert, 10; Jacob Depper, 14; Chloe Doverspike, 7; Grace Doverspike, 12; Stella Doverspike, 10; Ava Evenhouse, 10; Madeline Gertsen, 11; Nichole Gertsen, 12; Amy Golembiewski, 13; Dashiel Greimel, 6; Dominic Greimel, 8; Liliana Greimel, 10; Scout Greimel, 13; Nate Hermen, 10; Lily Kanclerz, 11; Maddie Kaplan, 14; Allison Koehler, 9; Jessica Koehler, 7; Angel Krawczyk, 11; Julian Moore, 10; Peter Moore, 11; Alex Prosi, 15; Emma Scott, 14; Alexandra Slanec, 9; Heather Slanec, 13; Kevin Talanges, 18; Adriana Viscomi, 10; and Maria Viscomi, 14.
Dearborn Heights cast members include Kaitlin Birner, 10; Maya Dickhudt, 9; and Sylvia Rios, 12.
Others in the cast include Jaclyn Sayger, 7, of Allen Park; Madison Schroka, 10, of Brownstown Township; Sophia Tyler, 11, of Canton Township; Cole Haas, 11, and Ian T. Haas, 13, of Inkster; Melissa Ripper, 12, and Quinn Higgins, 12, of Northville; and Hailey Hayward, 12, of Wayne.